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Cecile Yazbek was born into a Lebanese family in East London, South Africa. She studied social sciences at Rhodes University in Grahamstown.
She was a voluntary community worker in Cape Town and migrated to Australia with her young family in 1986. While working as a volunteer co-ordinator, she ran a cooking school and catering service.
Between 2000 and 2003, she published A Tribute to Garlic, Eggplant, Mezza, Beans and Peas – 4 recipe booklets for her cooking students.
In 2007, Olive trees around my table – Growing up Lebanese in the old South Africa, was published by East Street Publications, Adelaide, South Australia.
In 2011, Mezze to Milk tart – From the Middle East to Africa in my vegetarian kitchen was published by Wakefield Press, Adelaide, South Australia.
In 2015, she published Voices on the Wind - a novel set among early Lebanese migrants to South Africa. Young Australian Eva journeys deep into the heart of another time to find her family and her history in a place where strangers made new lives together.
Marketing her books, Cecile appears at libraries and bookshops around Australia.