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Gerry Adams to publish peace process cookbook

Former Sinn Fein leader will included recipes that sustained republicans through long nights of talks

Former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has announced plans to publish a cook book inspired by the peace process.

Titled The Negotiators’ Cook Book, Adams says he intends to reveal the recipes which sustained republican negotiators through long nights and years of talks that culminated in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

“The British never fed us” he told a Féile an Phobail event in west Belfast. “They never had any food. But as intrepid republicans and being blessed by one or two great cooks these are the recipes that sustained the Irish negotiating team and are some of the best-kept secrets of the Irish peace process.”

The controversial veteran politician, who has been called a terrorist for his links to the IRA during The Troubles but still represents County Louth in Irish Parliament (Dail), has already authored some 15 books, including memoirs, non-fiction political and historical novels, a new collection of short stories and even a book of tweets.

This is his first foray into culinary literature, although the BBC says Adams “appears to be a keen amateur chef himself, often tweeting pictures of his own attempts in the kitchen”.

The Irish Times says his first solo appearance at the literary festival “was an almost entirely non-controversial evening”, although he did urge people against identifying as “Northern Irish” in the next census.

The Negotiators’ Cook Book is set to published in time for Christmas.

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