Chairman, Mick Edgeworth, has been
making good use of the Inter Library Loan Service to borrow three American books
and here he shares his thoughts on them.
Development of the Flour-Milling Industry in the United States
by Charles B.
Kuhlmann (with special reference to the industry in Minneapolis.)
1973 edition 349 pages hardback ISBN 0678009325 Published by Augustus M.
Kelly also reprinted in 1980. This
is a reprint of the 1929 edition.
The first edition was published in 1895.
Part of the Library of early American business and industry.
book details the flour milling industry of the U.S.A. from its earliest
beginnings with stones and its spread westwards with rollers as further states
were settled. It is illuminating to
note how the cleaning and sieving machinery, which we take for granted today,
was developed in the search for white flour.
It is also noteworthy to see how the spring grown wheat, with its higher
gluten content, and therefore better bread making qualities, had to be treated
so differently from winter grown wheat, and in order to cope with it, the
corresponding development of machinery.
that this book is written from the viewpoint of 1929, it contains facts which
more modern books would no doubt leave out.
A slightly laboured read, due to its concentration on the details of
competing mills, but well worth investing the £1.50 to obtain such a fund of
interesting information from the Inter-Library Loan Service.
This book will probably never appear in the HMG Library as it does not
currently appear for sale on the internet - and when it does it is bound to be
by Elieser S. Posner & Arthur N. Hibbs
341 pages hardback ISBN 0913250937
Published 1997 by the American Association of Cereal Chemists.
preface states: This is a book about
milling ‘written by millers’ - and it shows by excellent grasp of the subject as
it details all of the processes required in a modern wheat flour mill.
I can do no better than give the chapter headings to show the extent of
the processes it covers:
Wheat: the raw material; Experimental & Laboratory Mills; Wheat Storage &
Blending; Wheat Cleaning & Conditioning; Grinding Process; Purification
Process;, Mill Management; Flour Handling & Blending; Milling of Soft & Durum
Wheats; Air in the Flour Milling Industry. Mill Maintenance.
only did I enjoy reading this book, but, I found that I could understand it! No
doubt due to my education in the roller milling process by our member, Patrick
Appleby. Of course, some of the
mathematical calculations were well beyond me but I felt that I could understand
what the authors were telling me. Seldom have I seen such good, clear
descriptions, with excellent diagrams, of the machines used.
It is a pity that most of the suggested reading is from bulletins of
American sources, which may be difficult to obtain.
It is good to have an appreciation of the complexities of how modern
flour is produced. This is the most
modern book that I know of on this subject; it sets the standard for any future
this is a book I would dearly like to own, or at least have it in the HMG
Library. However, at a current price
of £177.63 + p&p from the U.S.A., I will just have to invest £1.50 from time to
time to borrow from the Inter-Library Loan Service.
History of Grinding
by Alban J. Lynch & Chester A. Rowland.
207 soft cover ISBN 0873352386 Published 2005 by Society for Mining,
Metallurgy and Exploration Inc., Colorado.
When I saw this book advertised, I jumped at the chance to obtain a
read via the Inter-Library Loan Service.
the date stamped inside, it was ordered just for me; four months was well worth
Ever since a visit to North Wales (probably on an
Edwin Course educational trip many years ago) when I saw what I took to
be waste slate being loaded onto a ship, I have been intrigued by this
subject. I enquired what it was to
be used for and was told “for
use as a filler in cosmetics and other products”.
wondered what machines were used to grind it so finely but never really pursued
after reading this book, I know. It
is a superior read, and, apart from some of the photographs and diagrams being a
little difficult to work out, it covers the subject as stated in the title,
had not realised that although the corrugated rollers, as used in roller mills
for grains, was invented in 1558, due to the lack of appropriate technology, had
to wait 300 years to be fully employed.
Grain milling is covered quite well, but, the information has to be
picked out from the other industrial uses since the chapters are grouped under
the machine types. Machines in their
many forms are used in mining processes and are well covered.
book’s appearance in my library will have to wait as the cheapest I can find on
the internet is £66.89 + p&p; so, I will just have to invest in the
Inter-Library Loan Service from time to time.