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Flour is on of the basic food materials. It can be used for bread and for other types of food. General method of flour-making stayed the same for thousands of years - grinding. It is just that the technology progressed.
Wheat is the leading source of vegetable protein in human food and its history is long. It was one of the first crops that could be easily cultivated in larger quantities and with that it was a key factor enabling the emergence of city-based societies. Read more about history of wheat.
Yeast, in its many forms, is today an essential ingredient in bread making. It makes bread lighter and tastier. It wasn’t always so. But thanks to some forgetful baker we can today enjoy in tasty baked goods. Read about history of baker’s yeast.
The greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped! The Sliced Bread! But was it that great? Apparently it was. It replaced 80% of non-sliced bread in the first five years. The reason was convenience. Read about history of sliced bread.