Chris Erskine is a humor columnist and editor for the Los Angeles Times. He writes for the Sports, Travel and Saturday sections and does occasional duty on the Travel editing staff. He first earned a following with his pieces on family life in Los Angeles. In a similar vein, he has written two books, “Man of the House” and “Surviving Suburbia,” each of which reached the Los Angeles Times bestseller list. The Chicago native is considered an expert on bratwurst, baseball and custards of the world.