I had to chuckle, remembering being stressed out together by Madhur Jaffrey's extremely specific timing instructions in World Vegetarian.
LVD! Yes! I wanted to write something about Jaffrey's recipes but didn't know where to start. I still cook from her 70's Indian Vegetarian cookbook from time to time, and as exhausted as I get reading her descriptions of how to properly separate cauliflower florets, the recipes always turn out as I expect them to!