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A Simple Recipe for Community Benefit

By David Ollier Weber

As hospital-based farmers markets proliferate, the chef who concocted them is excitedly expanding the menu.

Growing up in Detroit as the son of two hard-working parents, Preston Maring was told by his mother when he was 11 years old, "You want breakfast? Make it yourself." Lunch too.

Then — this was a lesson in self-reliance, not a sloughing of maternal chores — she showed him how to put together appetizing, balanced meals.

Fifty-six years later, Preston Maring, M.D., can appreciate how that moment shaped a lifetime's pleasure in preparing and eating good food. More importantly, thanks to Maring's initiative and energy, it has reshaped the relationship of many American hospitals to the nutritional and economic health of their patients and their communities. Full Story

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