The British Government's reluctance to provide meals during lengthy peace process negotiations led to Sinn Fein having to make their own dishes, Gerry Adams has claimed.
The party's former leader was speaking at the launch of 'The Negotiator's Cookbook' in west Belfast yesterday.
It has been compiled by Adams, former party adviser Ted Howell and ex-IRA member Padraic Wilson.
Keen chefs, Sinn Fein MLAs and the simply curious filled a room at An Culturlann on the Falls Road.
Mr Adams said: "When I was putting this book together, there were a number of suggestions for what we would call it. Long Quiche, the Peas Process, Come Out You Rack of Lambs - but we settled for The Negotiator's Cookbook.
"It's a must for every kitchen cabinet.
"In the course of the talks process and in particular when we returned to Stormont, the Sinn Fein team fed ourselves."
Mr Adams, along with Martin McGuinness and senior party members, met the government in the run-up to the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, but recalled meeting UK officials long before that.
"The first time I met with the British government was in London in 1972 along with Martin McGuinness and others, that's a long time ago," he added.
"Anyone that's been involved in this process knows you go to London and you get an early flight."
In a peculiar moment of comparison, Mr Adams made reference to The Rolling Stones' drummer, Charlie Watts.
According to Mr Adams, Mr Watts once said that although he has played the drums in the band for 40 years, he actually only played them for 10 and spent the other 30 years sitting about.
Mr Adams, now a Louth TD, compared this to his years of negotiating.