Jean-Philippe de Tonnac is an essayist, editor and journalist. He was in charge of special editions for the Nouvel Observateur magazine for almost 10 years, and has published about twenty books. Today he works as an editor and continues his own research.
His investigation into bread and its symbolism began by obtaining a diploma in baking (2007) after a training course at l’Ecole de Boulangerie et Pâtisserie de Paris, a tour of the ‘bread-eating’ Mediterranean countries (Egypt, Greece, Italy, etc.), and discussions with representatives of the wheat to-flour and bread industry. In 2007, he took the lead in a Universal dictionary of bread project aiming to collect all the entries that bread has generated since its appearance on the edge of the eastern Mediterranean area in the late Neolithic period (from agronomy to theology including genetics, botany, anthropology, history, milling, bakery, economics, arts, and more).
His publications include:
"Révérence à la vie - conversations avec Théodore Monod", Grasset, 1999; Le Livre de Poche, 2002.
"La mort et l'immortalité, encyclopédie des savoirs et des croyances", co-dirigée avec Frédéric Lenoir, Bayard, 2004.
"Le mystère de l'anorexie, entretiens avec Xavier Pommereau", Albin Michel, 2007.