Free copy of ZUMBO cookbook

November 14, 2011

One copy of  the highly anticipated cookbook “Zumbo”, by pastry chef Adriano Zumbo is up for grabs, lovely people. Some of you might know him from appearances on Masterchef Australia. I wanted a copy for myself and I thought one of you might like a copy too, so I’m giving one away as a thank you for reading. Inside its glossy, sexily photographed pages are:

  • Recipes for 26 different macaron flavours, plus the base recipe.

  • How to make that croquembouche

  • And that V8 cake

  • 11 chocolate bar recipes, including salted vanilla caramels, and chocolate peanut bars
  • Pastries such as brioche, croissants, doughnuts and danishes
  • Tonnes of totally amazing other gateau de voyage, desserts and cakes.
So, how do I enter, I hear you cry?


1. Leave ONE comment on this post (must register an email so I can contact you!), or ONE email at info @ answering the following question: What is your favourite cake/dessert? And if there’s a theme, I’ll start featuring some of these recipes soon.


2. Entries close next Monday the 21st November 2011 at midnight, Eastern Standards Time, Australia.


And that’s it! No soul-selling, email subscribing, Facebook liking, Fan Page commenting, Twitter following required. Because we all know, we just unsubscribe once the competition is over and we didn’t win. That’s what I do anyway, he he.


Good luck!


Terms & Conditions
  • Open to Australian and International readers, yay!
  • The winner will be drawn at random.
  • Only one entry counts per person, so please don’t spam my inbox, as much as I love your letters.
  • Entry must be received by the closing date, of course, which is Monday 21st November 2011 at midnight EST Australia.
  • The prize will be posted at no cost to you. This prize is not transferrable. 
  • Your personal details will not be disclosed to nefarious spam-monkeys. 
  • This prize is not affiliated with any PR or marketing or publishing groups. 
  • Vien @ We Dare Food

    Wow!!! Great giveaway!!!:D
    Hmmm.. I LOVE souffles! But specifically, I absolutely adore le petit gateau’s chocolate passionfruit brownie!!!!!
    Thank u for the chance to win this awesome book!!!!

  • Thanh

    Well, let me be the first to enter seeing as I don’t need to do anything except answer this simple question to which I have numerous answers.

    There are so many things I love, Pierre Herme macarons, a great chocolate cake, a soft souffle, a chewy choc chip cookie, a warm croissant just out of the oven, but if I had to pick only one dessert to eat forever, it would be…..


    a Creme Brulee.

    Something about a creme brulee captures me like no other desserts. Whenever it’s on any menu, I will order it. I love custards in general, but something about a perfectly silky smooth creme brulee, with it’s hint of vanilla and that crispy sugar top just screams perfection to me. The flavour combination is so simple, but yet so stunning. For me, obviously the custard has to be smooth and have great flavour, but my key judgment criteria is the sugar top. I like my sugar quite burnt, and thin. I used to just crack straight into custard and demolish it, but after watching Amelie, I now like to tap lightly and tap it a few times before carefully breaking through the sugar into the creamy custard. Like Amelie, I find that simple act so much fun.

    There you go, my perfect dessert. Now if only I knew how to cook that perfect dessert well. My failures at cooking a creme brulee are a whole other episode.

  • Cake Mistress

    OMG, now I’m hungry and craving brulee !!! Probably not such a simple question after all :) I don’t think I could pick one thing either. Ugh, why is there no food in this house right now.

  • Kari

    Just one?! OK, chocolate mousse cake. With a perfectly fluffy chocolate mousse layer :)

  • Wholesome Cook

    Wow! Thanks for organising such a great giveaway.

    My all-time favourite dessert is the Mont Blanc, which is a chestnut flour macaron, covered in chantilly cream then carefully decorated with thin strands of boiled chestnut cream. It does not look like much but boy doea it taste amazing. Becasse Bakery at the new Westfield do a very good rendition!

  • Emma

    Great giveaway!

    aaargh.  I have so many desserts I love, too many really (New York cheesecake, chocolate brownies and vanilla bean ice cream, chocolate mousse, cherry clafoutis come to mind) but my favourite indulgence which I usually only have at nice dinners out and such is creme brulee.  I really must make one soon.

    Thanks for the chance at winning this great book :)

    Also, I’m sensing a ‘theme’ if you get my drift ;)

  • Joanna House

    My all time favorite dessert is Lemon Meringue Pie. Combines my favorite three things – lemon curd, meringue and pastry! 


    I would love this!!! thanx so much for the chance to win one :)

    I am a classic cake girl so my favorite would have to be Devils Food cake, with rich choc icing…mmmmyummmm!!!

  • Lora

    I had no idea he had a cookbook out. Wow. I am a big fan of his macaron flavors.

  • Lauren Boase
  • Valerie Lam

    What a fantastical baking book! I’ve never heard of Adriano Zumbo (I’m reading from Canada) but my curiosity has been pricked to find out what’s in his oven and confectionary.

    Favourite dessert? That’s gotta be ice-cream. Not a gelato, not a frozen yogurt, not a popsicle — just a good, old-fashioned dairy ice cream that you can come to like a reliable friend. Just don’t ask me to which is my favourite flavour … that would be like splitting hairs!

  • Jessica

    creamy creamy creamy cheesecake

  • Josephine

    Please count me in for the lovely giveaway. I’ve always loved Zumbo’s inventions and would love to have a go at some of the recipes in his book. My favourite dessert would have to be my mum’s trifle. She makes everything from scratch and I always go back for seconds (and thirds or fourths).

    tillythecat (at) hotmail (dot) com

  • ALLVanilla

    Dessert – clove pannacotta with fresh figs and warmed Ligurian honey.  Otherwise I admit to being aquite a macaron fan, mostly because of Chef Zumbo.

  • delilafx

    yay to international readers! one of my favourite dessert is macarons :3

  • Erin @ The Food Mentalist

    I have seen this in the bookshops and it’s such a colourful and exciting book!
    My favourite dessert is my Nan’s golden syrup dumplings and my favourite cake would have to be a rich mud or my sticky date with toffee sauce smothered all over it :)

  • Sarah Doss

    Chocolate Souffle is all I have to say…. YUMMY

  • Anonymous

    I want to eat this book!!! Love chocolate, so my fav is the choccie cake!!! and i will be staying subscibed as I quite like your site, thankyou hee :)

  • Elise Blogger
  • Courtney

    Wow! This book will become my bible as I worship baking as an artform and Zumbo is the master!
    My favourite dessert is a salted caramel chocolate tart or for something warm, a wonderful recipe I have for a fudgy flourless chocolate cake served with vanilla bean icecream. Yum!

  • A Davy

    What is your favourite cake/dessert?Red Velvet Cupcakes! I had never heard of them before I found your amazing baking blog and was drawn in by how amazing they look! I am now obsessed with Red Velvet, and I am pleased to say that your recipe has been very successful – everybody always requests them! BEST (CUP)CAKE EVER!

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