Somizi's cookbook beats Jamie Oliver to 'highest-selling' in South Africa

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Somizi Mhlongo (Photo: Gallo)
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  • Dinner at Somizi's - I Am Not A Chef has been reported as the highest-selling book in the food and drink category from 29 November 2020 to 2 January 2021 in South Africa
  • The book has beaten Somizi's culinary role model, Jamie Oliver, to the number one position. 
  • "When putting this cookbook together, I really wanted to create something truly authentic and special for my fans," Somizi says.


According to CNA's audited report, Dinner at Somizi's - I Am Not A Chef has been reported as the highest-selling book in the food and drink category from 29 November 2020 to 2 January 2021 in South Africa. 

The book has beaten Somizi's culinary role model, Jamie Oliver, to the number one position. 

What started out as a hobby has blossomed into a nostalgic trip down culinary memory lane through Dinner at Somizi's - I Am Not A Chef.

Somizi has been showcasing his culinary skills on his social media pages for a number of years, and the visual display has graduated into a television show produced during South Africa's first Lockdown in 2020. 

The cooking show titled Dinner at Somizi's which premiered in July 2020 on DStv's 1Magic enjoyed great success trending almost every week. The show sees Somizi cooking for his celebrity guests as they indulge in interesting topics and is currently available on Showmax.

"When putting this cookbook together, I really wanted to create something truly authentic and special for my fans. I wanted to show South Africans how easy it is to add "pizzazz" to everyday meals," says Somizi.

In a post on Instagram, Somizi thanked his followers for their supports, saying: "Thanks to all of u who continue to make my dreams come true. [sic]"

He continued, saying: "I'm so proud of myself for believing in myself and released my first of many self published books....God ur good all the time....here is to more number 1..... [sic]"

The Idols SA judge also revealed that he would be making a "huge" announcement on 14 February. 

Somizi's 188-page "self-published" cookbook is exclusively sold at CNA for R295.

(Compiled by Graye Morkel)

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