Ascension Parish chef and businessman John Folse will debut his new cookbook, “Can You Dig It: Louisiana’s Authoritative Collection of Vegetable Cookery,” with a launch party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 2 at Citiplace Barnes & Noble.

The public is invited to attend.

The party will include the unveiling of the cover image, recipe tastings and distribution of vegetable seeds for attendees to take home and grow. The book will also be available for purchase.

Barnes & Noble will donate 20 percent of the night’s total sales to Friends of Louisiana Public Broadcasting.

The book, which retails for $59.95, is 950 pages with more than 600 vegetable-related recipes.

Book signings are scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at Citiplace Barnes & Noble; and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at Perkins Rowe Barnes & Noble.

Folse is the owner and executive chef of Louisiana-based Chef John Folse & Company Manufacturing, White Oak Plantation and Exceptional Endings Bakery Division, and he is CEO/CFO of Home on the Range: Folse Tramonto Restaurant Development Company, parent corporation of Restaurant R’evolution, New Orleans and Seafood R’evolution, Ridgeland, Mississippi.