For people who are interested in music recording, but are not experts at it, this is an excellent guide. (It would be a good refresher for those who have spent time in professional or home studios, too.) Before reading this book, I didn't appreciate how complex it is to make a great recording. The audio examples on Hodgson's website are instructive; the albums and songs he references are ones I actually like, such as Radiohead's, The Beatles', and David Bowie's "Heroes".
I want to read the book a second time (at least) and try more things based on what I learned from it. (It's lucky that Hodgson uses Logic software in his examples, because that's what I have.) The recommended reading and bibliography sections contain great tips for digging further into the art of recording practice (I read a bunch of stuff on Sound On Sound's website after getting to the end of this book). This text is a great leaping-off point for learning all about recording, mixing, mastering and so on, but it's also just a great tool for better appreciating what one hears in different recorded songs. I loved reading about the recording of "Heroes" and learning to pick out the distortion pedal triggering in "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction".
This title by Jay Hodgson is an excellent treatise, and it even helps me hold my own in conversations with people who have lots of experience and degrees in audio engineering. This could be the only book you need to satisfy an interest in learning about recording practice, or it could be the beginning of a life of learning and becoming involved in the process yourself!
P.S. Recommended even more if you, like me, enjoy the 33 1/3 series of books (which I believe are from the same publisher).