Dorothea Zack Hanle (c. 1915 - February 17, 1999), was a cooking author and journalist who served as an editor of Bon Appetit, in addition to writing books about cooking, diet and exercise, as well as gardening. In 1976, she was one of the cofounders of Les Dames d'Escoffier, a society of professional women involved in the food, wine, and hospitality industries.

Born in Philadelphia and known by the name "Zack" since her childhood, Hanle was raised in Ship Bottom, New Jersey.[1] She attended Wilson College and Barnard College.[2]

She began her professional career at Mademoiselle magazine. At Dell Publishing she wrote dozens of how-to books, before moving on to CBS Publications, where she edited at Epicure magazine and Everywoman's. She moved to Bon Appetit in 1976, and remained as its editor in New York until 1990, after which she was named an editor-at-large at the magazine, with which she remained associated as a consultant for the remainder of her life.[1]

She co-founded Les Dames d'Escoffier in 1976, a society of professional women involved in the food, wine, and hospitality industries.[1] In 1994, she was recognized with the James Beard Foundation Award.[3][4]

A resident of both Ship Bottom and Manhattan, Hanle died on February 17, 1999, at the age of 83 in North Brunswick, New Jersey. She was survive by a daughter and a son.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Grimes, William. "Dorothea Zack Hanle, 83, Editor And Writer About Fine Cooking", The New York Times, February 18, 1999. Accessed October 10, 2017. "Dorothea Zack Hanle, a longtime editor at Bon Appetit, a cookbook writer and one of the founders of Les Dames d'Escoffier, an international women's organization that promotes fine dining and wine, died Tuesday at the home of her son, Alan, in North Brunswick, N.J. She was 83 and lived in Manhattan and Ship Bottom, N.J."
  2. ^ Staff. "Obituaries - Dorothea Zack Hanle; Food Writer, Editor", Los Angeles Times, February 20, 1999. Accessed October 10, 1997.
  3. ^ "Who’s Who of Food & Beverage In America Members", James Beard Foundation. Accessed October 10, 2017.
  4. ^ "Food world's best wait for 'Oscar' night", Asbury Park Press, March 30, 1994. Accessed October 10, 2017.