Giuseppe’s Italian Bakes Cookbook Giveaway and Quick Bites

Enter our US/UK/AU/NZ giveaway to win one of three copies of Giuseppe’s Italian Bakes: Over 60 Classic Cakes, Desserts and Savoury Bakes by Giuseppe Dell’Anno.

Giuseppe Dell’Anno won our hearts while he competed in the Great British Bake Off in 2021 (and won!). In his first cookbook, Giuseppe’s Italian Bakes, he shares his skill, knowledge and love of baking through 60+ new sweet and savoury recipes.

Baking is in Giuseppe’s blood, he learned to cook at the side of his beloved chef-father. While he mastered classic Italian bakes, he has placed his own signature twist on these recipes. Through his step-by-step recipes, Giuseppe guides you through gorgeous desserts that will impress family and friends and make you a star baker in your own kitchen.

With stunning colour photos throughout and tips and tricks from the master of the technical challenge, this book contains approachable recipes as well as those that will require some committment such as the Celebration cake (Torta di pan di spagna) (remember it is a cake for an occasion). Italian Bakes made my best books of 2022 – pick up a copy and you will see why. It is a keeper.

Our takes you inside this beautiful book and features the following

Born and bred in Italy, Giuseppe moved to the UK in his early 20s with the plan to stay only for six months while perfecting the language… Twenty years, one PhD, one happy marriage and three UK-born sons down the line, Giuseppe has elected England as his adoptive homeland and officially crowned himself a “Britalian”.

A materials engineer and researcher by trade, Giuseppe grew up in a family of passionate bakers, where food was the prime topic of conversation. He has inherited from his dad, a professional chef, the love for everything cooked or baked. Winning the Great British Bake Off in 2021 reinforced his mantra that simplicity, attention to detail and good quality ingredients are key to delicious food.

Following the global success of Bake Off, Giuseppe quit his engineering job and focussed his efforts entirely on his ambition to share his family gastronomic knowledge far and wide. He published his debut book Giuseppe’s Italian Bakes in 2022 and he is now excitedly looking forward to combine more of the myriad of regional nuances in his Italian heritage with the British culinary register.

Q: What first triggered your interest in baking? Do you remember your first baking memory?

People often ask me which cake I baked first… in fact, growing up is a family of avid bakers and passionate cooks, I have always been surrounded by crème pat and genoise sponge, so I cannot recall a time when cooking and baking were not part of my life! Probably, the very first cake I put together entirely by myself was a tiramisu: if you use shop bought savoiardi, it does not require any baking, and it’s a robust enough recipe for even the most inexperienced baker to tackle. However, what pushed my initially occasional baking into my regular daily routine was fatherhood: I have beautiful childhood memories associated with my dad cooking for the family and I was adamant that I wanted to give my children the same experience.

Q: If you had to describe your baking style, what would it be?

While on the show, Paul and Prue have often described my bakes as simple and effective. In hindsight, I can see why: I do like simple bakes and I tend to avoid overcomplicated flavours. When I scan a recipe for the first time, anything with an ingredients list that includes too many elements immediately puts me off. I like bakes where it’s all in the method, where you can transform very basic ingredients into something really delicious. For the same reason, I am typically drawn towards rustic bakes, those that are inherently beautiful and do not need a thick coating of buttercream or fondant to look great.

Q: Are you a cookbook collector? If so, tell us about your collection – number of books, favorite genre, favorite author? What you look for in a cookbook.

I buy cookbooks the same way I buy clothes: I go for quality over quantity. I don’t have a huge collection, but there are a handful of titles that have become almost a constant reference point for my everyday baking. My technical mind needs understanding and facts to digest the process, so I like books that are very thorough and systematic. For breads, pizza, focaccia etc I always refer to the Modernist Bread, and for patisserie I refer to authors like Christophe Felder and Melanie Dupuis: they cover the basics brilliantly, are very accurate and explain the ‘why’ as well as the ‘what’.

Q: What is the best part of your job? Do you sometimes feel like working with food all day keeps you from wanting to get creative in the kitchen?

I have always had jobs that required a high level of creativity. I get bored very easily, so even in my engineering career, I have always picked positions in Research and Development departments, or in roles where inventiveness and ingenuity were staple ingredients for the daily tasks. So, the move from engineering to baking for me was not as disruptive as it may sound: in both jobs I relish the diversity, having to tackle different challenges everyday: I just do it with pastries now, rather than with aircraft wings! And I find that having to think of possible flavour combinations on a daily basis does not stop me from trying new things in the kitchen, it’s quite the opposite: I get inspired by all the recipes I read and find in my daily research, and often find myself testing them for dinner with the family.

Q: What is your go to for a quick dinner – quick dessert?

Pasta aglio e olio (garlic and oil) is the easiest, cheapest, and most underestimated dish ever. My grandmother used to cook it often, adding fresh chillies and black olives to the sauce. It takes literally 10 minutes to make and I can hardly think of anything more delicious for a quick lunch. I don’t have a sweet tooth, so I can survive without dessert, but if I have to whip something up and have little time, I always go for a panna cotta. The flavour combinations you can think of are endless, it involves no baking and it’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

Q: Tell us about this cookbook and any future projects you are working on?

I have always wanted to tidy up my dad’s lifetime notes into a family heirloom that I could pass on to my children, so you can imagine my excitement when I realized that there could have been a much broader audience for that book! Going through the stack of notes I have at home, of recipes jotted down on old calendar pages or napkins has been a personal journey through memories, places and special moments. So, for me this book is much more that a simple collection of recipes: it’s a way to offer people outside of Italy a glimpse of my own heritage, my cultural background and my family traditions.

The last 12 months have been packed with very exciting opportunities for me; it’s been mad, with high-profile events, TV appearances, interviews – I have enjoyed it greatly, but I still have no idea what the future holds for me. I have stopped making plans long ago, and I am committed to ride this wave for as long as it lasts. My dream is to keep conveying more and more of my passion for food, and export it as far and wide as possible, whether through more books, TV screens or social media. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Please follow Giuseppe on his social media channels:

@giuseppecooks on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube
@giuseppe.dellanno on TikTok

Special thanks to the publisher for providing three copies of this title in our promotion. Entry options include answering the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you like to try first?

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  • rchesser  on  December 13, 2022

    Grandpa’s pie (Torta del nonno).

  • Cjennings  on  December 13, 2022

    Panna cotta sounds wonderful

  • minbody  on  December 13, 2022

    Those pistachio cookies!

  • matag  on  December 13, 2022

    Marsala panna cotta

  • BarkingHen  on  December 13, 2022

    Ricciarelli would be my first make! My favorite Italian cookie.

  • ecarlin  on  December 13, 2022

    Hot milk and coffee sponge cake (Torta latte caldo e caffè)

  • centraljersey  on  December 13, 2022

    Semolina and chocolate tart … because chocolate

  • sarahawker  on  December 13, 2022

    Potato doughnuts

  • Hanraven  on  December 13, 2022


  • GillB  on  December 13, 2022

    The fruit tart looks – amazing!!

  • riley  on  December 14, 2022

    Elephant Ears

  • Kag2020  on  December 14, 2022

    Enjoyed watching him bake!

  • rkosully  on  December 14, 2022

    I would first love to try the Semolina and chocolate tart (Crostata semola e cioccolata) .

  • ravensfan  on  December 14, 2022

    Grandma’s pie (Torta della nonna)

  • ralph4  on  December 14, 2022

    Marsala Panna Cotta

  • lauren424  on  December 14, 2022


  • vickster  on  December 14, 2022

    Little Tender Cake

  • kmn4  on  December 14, 2022

    Marsala panna cotta (Panna cotta al Marsala)

  • amaLA  on  December 14, 2022

    I’d want to make the Almond Cookies first…seems easy enough! 😂

  • mdcbakers  on  December 14, 2022

    Gianduja cream (Crema al gianduja) sounds delicious.

  • Shelley.b  on  December 14, 2022

    Raspberry mimosa (Mimosa ai lamponi)

  • dbielick  on  December 15, 2022

    Alassio kisses (Baci di Alassio)

  • amylou61  on  December 15, 2022

    I’d try the recipe for Hot milk and coffee sponge cake

  • wildchild  on  December 15, 2022

    Caprese cake (Torta Caprese)

  • redcurrant  on  December 15, 2022

    Potato doughnuts

  • hillsboroks  on  December 15, 2022

    Raspberry mimosa

  • demomcook  on  December 15, 2022

    Usually I read the entire index, but Grandpa’s Cake stopped me on the first page.

  • size_27  on  December 16, 2022

    Some Christmassy Canestrelli!

  • dataentrytard  on  December 16, 2022

    I would like to try preparing the Hot milk and coffee sponge cake.

  • bakebread  on  December 16, 2022

    The polenta sponge, I love polenta!

  • roxlet  on  December 16, 2022

    Everything! Everything!

  • kmwyman  on  December 16, 2022

    Little tender cake (Torta tenerina)

  • tamtamgold  on  December 16, 2022

    Polenta sponge cake

  • hrk  on  December 16, 2022

    Cheese loaf (Crescia al formaggio)

  • BMeyer  on  December 16, 2022

    semolina and chocolate torte

  • anniecc  on  December 16, 2022

    Definitely Ugly but Good

  • foodie16  on  December 16, 2022


  • Roosta  on  December 16, 2022

    Same-day pizza Margherita

  • oduong930  on  December 16, 2022

    pistachio cookies

  • DarcyVaughn  on  December 16, 2022

    Torta Caprese

  • LaurenE  on  December 17, 2022

    Semolina and chocolate tart

  • virjeania  on  December 17, 2022

    Grandma’s pie (Torta della nonna)

  • reader1trees  on  December 17, 2022

    Valdostan loaf sounds delicous.

  • clairew137  on  December 18, 2022

    the pistachio cookies!

  • sweetyb55  on  December 18, 2022

    I love cannoli, so I’d love to try to make the Sicilian Cannoli.

  • maci234  on  December 18, 2022

    Grandma’s pie (Torta della nonna)

  • Plumbobmummy  on  December 18, 2022

    Paradise cake

  • Sand9  on  December 18, 2022

    Paradise Cake x

  • SheenaBatey  on  December 18, 2022

    Marsala Panna Cotta

  • maria411  on  December 18, 2022

    Marsala Panna Cotta

  • GreenhouseCheryl  on  December 18, 2022

    Raspberry mimosa (Mimosa ai lamponi)

  • Emmormous  on  December 19, 2022

    Marsala panna cotta

  • acecil  on  December 19, 2022

    polenta sponge cake

  • youngsvnnhrs  on  December 19, 2022

    Almond cookies (Paste di mandorla)

  • prettypistol  on  December 20, 2022

    Little Tender Cake

  • Dendav  on  December 20, 2022

    Paradise cake

  • sarahteertzah  on  December 20, 2022

    Sicilan cannoli (Cannoli siciliani)

  • Laura1  on  December 22, 2022

    Polenta sponge cake

  • Siegal  on  December 23, 2022

    Potato doughnuts

  • vdealmeida  on  December 23, 2022

    Riccarelli is my favorite but want to try grandpa’s cake

  • kellilee  on  December 25, 2022


  • silversand  on  December 25, 2022

    Same-day pizza Margherita

  • annierainmiller  on  December 25, 2022

    Grandpa’s Cake

  • coryphaeus  on  December 25, 2022

    Ugly but good (Brutti ma buoni)

  • araustin  on  December 25, 2022

    The Bonèt would be my first recipe!

  • emi10383  on  December 26, 2022

    Potato doughnuts

  • dzm  on  December 26, 2022

    Marsala panna cotta

  • bopper  on  December 26, 2022


  • JamieLiz  on  December 26, 2022

    Ox eyes (Occhi du bue) and Amaretti!

  • etcjm  on  December 26, 2022

    Pistachio cookies

  • ozfoodie  on  December 27, 2022

    I am not a baker, but this book had me wishing I was. I would love to try the Tiella, probably with the onion filling first because the ingredients list looks intriguing.

  • agreaves19  on  December 27, 2022

    Marsala panna cotta

  • krnries  on  December 27, 2022

    The Paradise cake (Torta paradiso) sounds heavenly 🙂

  • Blue___Nile  on  December 29, 2022

    Pistachio cookies (Paste di pistacchio)

  • Sandford  on  December 29, 2022

    The fruit tart. It looks so appetising

  • Charlieemma  on  December 29, 2022

    Hot milk and coffee sponge cake

  • Natlovesgib  on  December 29, 2022

    Alassio kisses (Baci di Alassio)

  • sgreiff  on  December 30, 2022

    Hot milk and coffee sponge cake (Torta latte caldo e caffè)

  • t.t  on  December 30, 2022

    Sfogliatelle frolle

  • Mrs.Soule  on  December 30, 2022

    I want to try (and compare) the Grandma’s Pie and Grandpa’s Pie. Also the Raspberry Mimosa.

  • luccio  on  December 30, 2022

    Baci di Alassio – followed by everything else…!

  • dhiza  on  December 30, 2022

    I’d like to make the Same-day pizza Margherita. I’d like a good quick pizza recipe.

  • Morgan89  on  December 30, 2022

    The Fruit Tart looks delicious!

  • terawong  on  December 30, 2022

    marsala panna cotta – yum!

  • chefbabajaga  on  December 30, 2022


  • nancytownsend  on  December 30, 2022


  • Spud13  on  December 31, 2022

    Potato doughnuts (Ciambelle di patate)

  • jsicins2  on  December 31, 2022

    Panna cotta

  • Hekna  on  December 31, 2022

    The Marsala Panna Cotta sounds delicious!

  • roxlet  on  December 31, 2022

    pistachio cookies

  • goldenpudding  on  December 31, 2022


  • Lindamle  on  January 1, 2023

    Torts Paradiso – love pistachio and and my Italian daughter in law says it is her favorite dessert

  • am167krp  on  January 1, 2023

    Elephant Ears looks amazing

  • natrent87  on  January 1, 2023

    Pasticciotti – looks lovely!

  • Nomoregruel  on  January 2, 2023

    Puff pastry cannoli (Cannoncini)

  • debbiehb  on  January 2, 2023

    Mimi cake (Torta Mimì)

  • anneblythecarrots  on  January 3, 2023

    St. Agatha’s Breasts – because I’m childish and it made me snicker.

  • Lafauvette  on  January 3, 2023

    polenta sponge cake

  • elisabeta  on  January 4, 2023

    Semolina and chocolate tart

  • jodie1131  on  January 4, 2023

    Paradise cake

  • sayeater  on  January 5, 2023

    The Tarallini sound interesting. I’m always on the lookout for new recipes with wine.

  • Joycesere  on  January 6, 2023

    Potato doughnuts!!!

  • Su2cool  on  January 7, 2023

    the seven pot cake sounds like it would be very interesting to try

  • artthecat  on  January 7, 2023

    Rum baba

  • michelle666  on  January 7, 2023

    Potato doughnuts

  • AgentAllan  on  January 8, 2023

    Elephant Ears

  • ceejayen  on  January 8, 2023

    Polenta sponge cake (Amor polenta)

  • totoro415  on  January 8, 2023

    Hot milk & coffee sponge

  • Kefkat30  on  January 8, 2023

    Hot milk and coffee sponge cake for me please (Torta latte caldo e caffè)

  • Roofle  on  January 9, 2023

    Torta della Nonna!

  • slambo70  on  January 9, 2023

    pistachio cookies

  • markt6601  on  January 9, 2023

    Grandma’s pie (Torta della nonna)

  • Terpliss  on  January 9, 2023

    Chocolate tart!

  • leilx  on  January 9, 2023

    Chocolate and semolina tart

  • Lora724  on  January 10, 2023

    I’d like to try Zabaione.

  • maggz19671  on  January 10, 2023

    Potato doughnuts

  • AIC  on  January 10, 2023

    Would love to try his version of Tiramisù

  • Binguy  on  January 10, 2023

    Canestrelli for sure. I love small sweets!

  • ChicagoJen  on  January 11, 2023

    Brutti ma buoni – how can you beat that name?!

  • stephntran  on  January 13, 2023

    Fruit tart!

  • tarae1204  on  January 13, 2023

    Pistachio cookies

  • EmilyR  on  January 13, 2023


  • Motto14620  on  January 14, 2023

    His bakes were really impressive and great personality.

  • Jammyegg  on  January 14, 2023

    Polenta Sponge Cake

  • elysedc  on  January 14, 2023

    Saint Agatha’s breasts (Minne di Sant’Agata)!! besides the fact that this sounds hilarious, it also sounds delicious

  • avonleajules  on  January 14, 2023

    Amaretti, Yum!

  • Kellythesocialfoodie  on  January 15, 2023

    Hot milk and coffee sponge cake

  • lucymajor94  on  January 15, 2023

    Raspberry mimosa

  • teamkies  on  January 15, 2023

    Same-day pizza Margherita

  • silviapioli  on  January 16, 2023

    recipes on atichokes please…

  • Chartlage  on  January 17, 2023

    I would love to make my own savoiardi Biscuits

  • v.t  on  January 18, 2023

    Pistachio biscuits

  • mpdeb98  on  January 19, 2023

    Pistachio cookies

  • rbj281  on  January 19, 2023

    Torta del Nonno

  • GrooveHeart  on  January 20, 2023


  • Ishtar  on  January 20, 2023

    Marsala panna cotta

  • JenThomas318  on  January 21, 2023

    Rum baba (Babbà al rum)

  • jigglesfrog  on  January 21, 2023


  • sharifah  on  January 22, 2023

    pistachio cookies

  • Maryd8822  on  January 22, 2023

    Almond cookies!

  • lilmiztam22  on  January 22, 2023

    Alassio kisses (Baci di Alassio)

  • sioslo  on  January 25, 2023


  • Spikefamily  on  January 25, 2023

    There is a doughnut shop near me that has been there for decades and specializes in delicious “Spudnuts”. I look forward to trying the potato doughnut recipe from Giuseppi’s book!

  • RickPearson54  on  January 25, 2023

    pistachio cookies

  • Dannausc  on  January 26, 2023

    Ox eyes

  • Jennifer7  on  January 27, 2023

    Panna Cotta

  • hypothermia  on  January 28, 2023

    Caprese cake

  • LeahT50  on  January 28, 2023

    Caprese Cake.

  • fionahw  on  January 28, 2023

    Raspberry mimosa

  • StickInsect  on  January 29, 2023

    I was a big fan of his when he was on Bake Off so I am excited about this book!

  • hawaiieat  on  January 29, 2023

    I think I would start with the Pistachio cookies (Paste di pistacchio)!

  • ljskop  on  January 29, 2023

    Amor polenta. My grandmother was from northern Italy and my mother said she could eat polenta every day and not tire of it.

  • RSW  on  January 29, 2023

    Seven-pot cake with apples (Torta sette vasetti alle mele)

  • orchidlady01  on  January 30, 2023

    Pistachio cookies (Paste di pistacchio)

  • AnnaZed  on  January 31, 2023

    I just loved him on the Great British Baking Show. I want to make his Grandma’s pie (Torta della nonna).

  • angiejackson  on  January 31, 2023

    crostata di frutta

  • paulo_b  on  February 1, 2023


  • AlyC  on  February 1, 2023

    I’d try the Cheese Loaf first!

  • denise21  on  February 1, 2023


  • nocona  on  February 1, 2023

    Potato doughnuts sound delicious!

  • banba1  on  February 2, 2023

    Paradise cake (Torta paradiso)

  • sheridarby  on  February 2, 2023

    Torta della nonna

  • portkey  on  February 2, 2023

    Pistachio cookies

  • Up4chalng  on  February 2, 2023

    the canestrelli cookies, my grandmother used to make these 🙂

  • Leonard5854  on  February 2, 2023

    Fruit tart (Crostata di frutta)

  • greentoad  on  February 3, 2023

    I’d try rum baba – sounds exciting

  • lollipop123  on  February 3, 2023

    Raspberry mimosa – sounds delish x

  • garrettsambo  on  February 3, 2023

    I would like to try Citrus syrup

  • Gerarda  on  February 3, 2023

    Mimi cake

  • Territhemuse  on  February 3, 2023

    Raspberry Mimosa

  • Emmamaryd  on  February 3, 2023

    Torta caprese

  • Isis1981uk  on  February 3, 2023

    Raspberry mimosa

  • Robbinhouse3  on  February 3, 2023

    Polenta sponge cake

  • e4b4  on  February 3, 2023

    Potato doughnuts

  • DimensionAEB  on  February 3, 2023

    Marsala panna cotta

  • dbranigan27  on  February 3, 2023

    I would try the Polenta sponge cake.

  • FoodyFiz  on  February 3, 2023

    Celebration cake (Torta di pan di spagna)

  • Kellyroxannesmith  on  February 3, 2023

    The rum baba sounds delicious 😋

  • JudithCocks  on  February 4, 2023


  • Welsh1  on  February 4, 2023

    Like to learn how to make amaretti first.

  • SarahK1000  on  February 4, 2023

    I would love to make the panna cotta

  • Terrygreer217  on  February 4, 2023

    The fruit tart looks absolutely fabulous

  • ickle0ne  on  February 4, 2023

    Limoncello syrup

  • Twiddle  on  February 4, 2023

    Raspberry mimosa

  • liznahmias  on  February 6, 2023

    fruit tart

  • JenjiD  on  February 7, 2023

    Polenta sponge cake (Amor polenta)

  • Karla123  on  February 8, 2023

    Focacce con cipolle!

  • zeeenie  on  February 11, 2023

    Polenta sponge cake

  • Lesevans6  on  February 12, 2023

    Cheese Loaf

  • janinex  on  February 12, 2023

    Alassio kisses (Baci di Alassio)

  • misty33  on  February 12, 2023

    Hot milk and coffee sponge cake (Torta latte caldo e caffè)

  • kbennall  on  February 13, 2023

    Literally everything, but especially the pistachio cookies or anything with pine nuts (you know, once they’re not $38 for a bag…)

  • beckyboas  on  February 13, 2023

    Panna Cotta

  • ClaireHamilton  on  February 13, 2023

    Marsala Panna Cotta

  • angiemac18  on  February 13, 2023

    the Polenta Sponge cake sounds interesting

  • PatBarrett  on  February 13, 2023

    Polenta sponge cake

  • dusya4  on  February 16, 2023

    Alassio kisses

  • Serenne  on  February 17, 2023

    Polenta sponge cake (Amor polenta)

  • Bake4one  on  February 25, 2023

    Raspberry mimosa

  • BevJC  on  February 26, 2023

    Grandma’s pie

  • Ajh55  on  February 27, 2023

    Hot milk and coffee sponge cake (Torta latte caldo e caffè) Sounds delicious

  • FrenchCreekBaker  on  February 28, 2023

    Raspberry Mimosa sounds like a tasty baked good.

  • betsyradelow  on  February 28, 2023

    Polenta sponge cake

  • AvalancheRose  on  March 2, 2023

    Has to be Tiramisu!

  • NaomiH  on  March 3, 2023

    Torta co’ bischer

  • Jenkaygee  on  March 4, 2023

    Loved this series of bake off

  • Jmsrowlands  on  March 4, 2023

    Hot milk and coffee sponge cake

  • Jmsrowlands  on  March 4, 2023

    The Hot milk and coffee sponge cake, sounds lush

  • AnQsMom  on  March 5, 2023

    Pistachio cookies

  • Breeze81  on  March 5, 2023

    Marsala panna cotta

  • milly_matthews  on  March 5, 2023

    I’d love to try the tiramisu

  • djnielsen64  on  March 7, 2023

    Panna cotta!

  • Bookstack  on  March 8, 2023

    Actually, the polenta sponge cake sounds delightful. I love polenta. The entire book should be eaten.

  • Bookstack  on  March 8, 2023

    Fruit tart (Crostata di frutta)

  • et12  on  March 11, 2023

    Cheese loaf

  • pluckypuddin  on  March 13, 2023

    The Hot milk and coffee sponge cake sounds delicious! I would definitely be making that one and serving it with a brew!

  • Breeze81  on  March 13, 2023

    pistachio cookies

  • rossmm  on  April 6, 2023


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