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Gerry Adams to publish negotiations 'cook book'

Gerry Adams' new cookbook

FORMER Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams is to publish a negotiators' "cook book" on his experiences during the peace process.

The ex-party president said it would include some of the best-kept secrets of the talks, which produced the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

Mr Adams addressed the West Belfast Festival on Monday evening.

The Irish Times reported that the book, to be printed before Christmas, was to be called The Negotiators' Cook Book.

Mr Adams said he intended to reveal the recipes which sustained republicans through nights and years of talks.

Social media has already been second guessing some of the recipes - including Good fried egg agreement and braised `shin' of beef.

"The British never fed us. They never had any food," Mr Adams said.

"But as intrepid republicans and being blessed by one or two great cooks these are the recipes that sustained the Irish negotiating team.

"It contains some of the best-kept secrets of the Irish peace process."

Sinn Féin said it would be publishing the book in the next few months. The cover says it has been written "with a little help from Ted Howell and Pádraic Wilson". Mr Howell was part of the Sinn Féin delegation during the 1998 talks while Mr Wilson is a veteran republican.

Mr Adams, who often tweets pictures of his attempts in the kitchen, shared the book cover on Twitter saying: "Not 2 Long 2 Christmas. A Wee Taste Of A Great Stocking Filler From Ted & Pádraic agus Mise."

Mr Adams has written 15 books, including My Little Book of Tweets, a collection of his posts made on Twitter.

During last night's talk, Mr Adams also revealed he will release a collection of short stories next year, which he said he had been working on for five years.

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